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Salkantay Trail Tours

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Salkantay Trail
Salkantay Trail, a remote trekking route in the same Andean region as the Inca Trail, offers travelers spectacular scenery. Trekkers pass soaring mountains, picturesque villages, lakes, and lush jungle. While Inca Trail tours are typically booked far in advance, Salkantay offers another (more affordable) way to reach Machu Picchu.
 
The Basics
Hike the Salkantay Trail to the Machu Picchu UNESCO World Heritage Site, and you’ll travel through the Cordillera de Vilcabamba mountain range enjoying incredible views, stopping at indigenous villages, and making your way through tropical valleys full of rivers and lakes. You’ll also have a chance to rest weary muscles in the thermal hot springs at Aguas Calientes.
 
Things to Know Before You Go
  • Many guided tours of the Salkantay Trail include train tickets back to Cusco, ground transportation, camping and hotel accommodations, meals, and guides. Check individual tours for precise arrangements.
  • Some activities and services—such hotel upgrades, side excursions, hot springs, and the use of mountain bikes—may not be covered by your tour fee.
  • Those who use wheelchairs or have a difficult time walking long distances are prohibited from tours.
  • The Salkantay Trail travels through high altitudes. Travelers should arrive a few days before attempting the hike so that they have time to adjust to the atmosphere and should drink lots of water at all times. 
  • Tours operate in all weather conditions, and there may be extreme temperature drops between day and night. Make sure to pack appropriately and bring sweaters, jackets, and a rain poncho.
How to Get There
The Salkantay Trail is in the same region as the Inca Trail, on the way to the Machu Picchu UNESCO World Heritage Site. Most tours begin in Cusco.
 
When to Get There
Open all year round, the Salkantay Trail is a great alternative to the traditional Inca Trail, especially during high season (June–August), when permits for the more popular trail sell out quickly, and in February, when the Inca Trail is closed. Rainy season is generally from January–April.
 
Fitness Check
All treks are challenging, and it’s important to be aware of your physical fitness and to determine how physically demanding the tours are before you book your trip. The Salkantay Trail reaches higher altitudes than the Inca Trail—15,215 feet (4,637 kilometers) compared to 13,800 feet (4,206 kilometers)—and requires more preparation as well as warmer clothing to protect against colder nighttime temperatures.
Address: Cusco, Peru
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Salkantay Trek 5 Days / 4 Nights

Salkantay Trek 5 Days / 4 Nights

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There are three main routes to Machu Picchu. There's the popular Inca Trail, the lesser traveled Lares Trek, and the one we chose, The Salkantay Trek. Each of these has a variation of days and you basically just start further up in the trail, or make a shortcut to trim off one day.
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  • 5 days
  • Free Cancellation
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US$295.00
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Salkantay Trek to Machu Picchu 5 days All-included

Salkantay Trek to Machu Picchu 5 days All-included

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The mythic Salkantay trek brings you in the Peruvian mountains, passing by the Salkantay and Humantay peaks to finally arrive in the Inca's Wonder, Machu Picchu.
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  • 5 days
  • Free Cancellation
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US$271.80
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Salkantay Trek to Machu Picchu 4 days All-included

Salkantay Trek to Machu Picchu 4 days All-included

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The mythic Salkantay trek brings you in the Peruvian mountains, passing by the Salkantay and Humantay peaks to finally arrive in the Inca's Wonder, Machu Picchu.
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  • 4 days
  • Free Cancellation
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US$246.16
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Salkantay Trek to Machu Picchu in 4 Days

Salkantay Trek to Machu Picchu in 4 Days

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Embark on a multi-day hike to Machu Picchu from Cusco along the Salkantay Trek, a less crowded though-just-as-spectacular alternative to the Inca Trail. With horses to carry your gear you'll begin your 4-day journey at the Soyrapampa trail head, crossing the highest point in your hike—the 15,060-foot-high (4,590-meter) Apacheta path—on your initial ascent. From there you'll spend days meandering through lush jungle and past gushing waterfalls, alongside village coffee plantations and across high-altitude meadows and camping overnight beneath the stars before arriving at the famed Inca citadel.
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  • 4 days
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US$550.00
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5-Day Salkantay Trek to Machu Picchu with Optional Hot Spring Bath

5-Day Salkantay Trek to Machu Picchu with Optional Hot Spring Bath

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Head to the ancient citadel of Machu Picchu on the 5-day Salkantay Trek. Traverse various climates including the impressive snow-capped mountains of Salkantay and Humantay Mountains as well as the lush jungle of the cloud forest. Explore the ruins of Machu Picchu with your tour guide and learn about the Inca Empire before returning to Cusco. The Salkantay Trek is a great alternative to the crowded Inca Trail.
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  • 5 days
  • Taking safety measures
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US$500.00
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Classic Salkantay Trek 4-Day

Classic Salkantay Trek 4-Day

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The 5-day Salkantay trek is an alternative to the popular Inca Trail, which can often be crowded. Hike past ancient Inca ruins, through the Cloud Forest, and past the towering Andes Mountains as you make your way to Machu Picchu. This trek offers a look at the unique biodiversity of Peru as you navigate different climates and explores the rich history of the great Inca Empire.
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  • 4 days
  • Taking safety measures
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US$550.00
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Salkantay Trek To Machu Picchu 5 Days, 4 Nights (alternative Inka Trail)

Salkantay Trek To Machu Picchu 5 Days, 4 Nights (alternative Inka Trail)

"Salkantay" is the tutelary Apu (Mr. peak) of Cusco with 6271 m. altitude. with this trip you’ll cross beautiful Andean places and we have the opportunity to observe Condors and Alpacas in their natural habitat. On this trip you will reach the beautiful and great Salkantay Mountain (6271 m), you can take a bath in natural hot springs from the depths of the earth, to see the Condor, various fruit trees and a variety of orchids, even better you can try the Peru tastiest coffee, enjoying the beautiful view of Machu Picchu from our campsite. Salkantay trek is one of the greatest attractions of Cusco. The Cordillera Vilcabamba, where the massif of Salkantay is located, it’s a beautiful and secluded area, dominated by the Apu Salkantay it has many high snowy peaks, such as Tucarhuay (5,910 m.s.n.m.), the Veronica (5,682 m.s.n.m.) and Huacayhuilca (5,361 m.s.n.m.), among others, where you will meet new friends and Visiting the most important place of the route the Santuary of Machu Picchu
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  • 5 days
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US$305.13
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From Cusco Salkantay trekking 2 days with Humantay Lake

From Cusco Salkantay trekking 2 days with Humantay Lake

The guides are friendly and fun. We will provide you an unforgettable experience We will help you in everything You will know 2 famous places
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  • 2 hours
  • Free Cancellation
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US$151.48
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Alternative Inca Trail - Salkantay Trek To Machu Picchu 5 Days, 4 Nights

Alternative Inca Trail - Salkantay Trek To Machu Picchu 5 Days, 4 Nights

This is a great alternative Inka Trail to Machu Picchu. with this trip you’ll cross beautiful Andean places and we have the opportunity to observe Condors and Alpacas in their natural habitat. On this trip you will reach the beautiful and great Salkantay Mountain (6271 m), you can take a bath in natural hot springs from the depths of the earth, to see the Condor, various fruit trees and a variety of orchids, even better you can try the Peru tastiest coffee, enjoying the beautiful view of Machu Picchu from our campsite. Salkantay trek is one of the greatest attractions of Cusco. The Cordillera Vilcabamba, where the massif of Salkantay is located, it’s a beautiful and secluded area, dominated by the Apu Salkantay it has many high snowy peaks, such as Tucarhuay (5,910 m.s.n.m.), the Veronica (5,682 m.s.n.m.) and Huacayhuilca (5,361 m.s.n.m.), among others, where you will meet new friends and Visiting the most important place of the route the Santuary of Machu Picchu
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  • 5 days
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US$307.70
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5-Day All-Inclusive Salkantay Trek To Machu Picchu

5-Day All-Inclusive Salkantay Trek To Machu Picchu

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Enjoy an adventure like no other on the remote Salkantay Trail, enjoying a 5-day hiking adventure to the celebrated Inca city of Machu Picchu. This ancient Inca-era footpath offers an alternative to the famous Inca Trail, spanning a spectacular range of 15 different ecosystems from 6,900 feet (2,100m) to 12,800 feet (3,900m) including everything from lush rainforests to rugged high-altitude mountain passes. Along the way you'll also have the chance to interact with friendly Peruvian locals and stop at fascinating archaeological ruins from the Inca civilization. Your Salkantay trek also includes a professional guide, most meals, accommodation, entrance fees and transportation.
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  • 5 days
  • Taking safety measures
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US$659.00
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Salkantay 5-Day Trek To Machu Picchu

Salkantay 5-Day Trek To Machu Picchu

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Take up the challenge of this rugged 5-day, 4-night trip to Machu Picchu along the Salkantay trekking route. This rigorous hike offers stunning views of both snow-covered Andean peaks and lush jungle, plus a trip through a mountain pass at 15,200 feet (4,650 meters). You’ll also get up close with Peruvian indigenous communities as you explore villages like Soraypampa and Santa Teresa, before finishing your trek at the unforgettable Machu Picchu with a guided tour. This Salkantay trek also features hotel pickup, guide three nights of camping and one night of hostel accommodation, bus and train transfers, four days of meals and three snacks, entrance fees and horseman and mules to help carry gear.
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  • 5 days
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US$710.00
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Salkantay Trek short

Salkantay Trek short

The Salkantay Trek Short is one of the greatest alternative treks to the Inca Trail reaching to Machu Picchu. The Salkantay trek is a great opportunity to get in touch with nature and see local villages as you hike past the Salkantay Mountain and a rural area of Peru. Before the trek, your guide will meet you at your hotel for an in-depth briefing. This provides an opportunity to ask questions and do any last-minute shopping before leaving Cusco. The itinerary below is an example. Hiking times are an average and will vary depending on the group. Additionally, lunch and camp sites may change to meet the needs of the group and conditions.
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  • 4 days
  • Taking safety measures
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US$74.00
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Salkantay Trek To Machu Picchu 5 Days

Salkantay Trek To Machu Picchu 5 Days

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Hike the Salkantay Trek to Machu Picchu on a 5-day, guided adventure that’s a gorgeous alternative to the crowded Inca Trail. Starting the hike at Soraypampa—instead of Mollepata—saves you a grueling walk over a dirt road, and you’ll take in dramatic Andean terrain and local culture before exploring the ancient Inca citadel of Machu Picchu.
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  • 5 days
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US$350.00
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All Inclusive - 2 Days Humantay Lake & The Salkantay Pass - Private Service

All Inclusive - 2 Days Humantay Lake & The Salkantay Pass - Private Service

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Enjoy Peru’s breathtaking sceneries, ancient cultures and rainforests. The Tour 02 Day Humantay Lake – Private Service is a tour that will take you through the most picturesque landscapes and native people of the Limatambo area. Discover with us one of the hike on trend, which for its natural beauty has become known worldwide. On the way you can enjoy the fantastic landscapes, as well as the magnificent snowy peaks of Humantay and Salkantay. You will have the pleasure of being at the foot of one of the most emblematic snows of the city of Cusco. You can rest under the starry sky of the Andes that will captivate you with its spectacular constellations, a great adventure of ecotourism given in the highest parts of nature. Let Mother Nature guide you through the most spectacular places and get the peace of mind of making this unique experience in the Andes.
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  • 2 days
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US$489.30
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Ultimate Salkantay Trek to Machu Picchu 5 Days

Ultimate Salkantay Trek to Machu Picchu 5 Days

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Salkantay is considered among the finest trekking routes in Peru, but organizing accommodation, meals, and transportation to explore it solo is a challenge. On this tour, follow in the footsteps of the Incas along the Salkantay route with your guide, and reach UNESCO–listed Machu Picchu with all the key logistics covered. Along the way, admire uninterrupted views from the highlands of Peru to the dense forest and soaring peaks.
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  • 5 days
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US$598.00
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4-Day Salkantay Trek to Machu Picchu From Cusco

4-Day Salkantay Trek to Machu Picchu From Cusco

Take the Salkantay Trek to Machu Picchu, an alternative to the famous Inca Trail, and head off the beaten path. This 4-day, 3-night trek reaches peaks of over 4,600 meters before dipping back into the jungle and passes through remote villages and beautiful scenery before reaching the final destination of Machu Picchu. Explore the citadel with a guided tour and some free time before heading to Cusco.
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  • 4 days
  • Taking safety measures
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US$650.00
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5-Day Salkantay Trek to Machu Picchu

5-Day Salkantay Trek to Machu Picchu

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Embark on a 5-day hike along Peru's Salkantay Trek, culminating with a visit to Machu Picchu: one of the 7 New Wonders of the World. Less congested than the popular Inca Trail, the Salkantay Trek is just as spectacular You'll wind your way over mountain passes, past incredible Andes peaks, through cloud forest and along riverbeds—stopping to soak in thermal baths as you go. Enjoy an early morning tour of the 'Lost Inca City' and extra time to explore on your own. This guided multi-day journey includes round-trip Cusco transport.
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  • 5 days
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US$670.00
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4-Day Salkantay Trek to Machu Picchu

4-Day Salkantay Trek to Machu Picchu

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Get off the beaten path to Machu Picchu during this 4-day, 3-night trip along the higher, more scenic and less-traveled Salkantay trekking route. Over the course of this 4-day trip you’ll enjoy incredible vistas of snow-capped Andean peaks, and cross a mountain pass at 15,200 feet (4,650 meters) before eventually descending back into the jungle landscapes at lower altitude. Cap it all off with your final day at Machu Picchu, the unforgettable ‘Lost City of the Incas,’ with a 2-hour tour of the site and time to explore on your own. Your Salkantay trekking experience also features hotel pickup, two nights of camping and one night of hostel accommodations, bus and train transfers, three days of meals and two snacks, entrance fees and a horseman and mules to help carry gear.
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  • 4 days
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US$722.00
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Salcantay Trek to Machu Picchu in 5 Days

Salcantay Trek to Machu Picchu in 5 Days

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Machu Picchu is perhaps the best-known archeological site in South America, but it is also surrounded by lush valleys, mountains, rivers, and other ruins worth visiting. This tour takes five days to hike Mount Salcantay, eventually following an ancient Inca road toward Machu Picchu, while saving you the trouble of planning a trekking adventure. Meals, horses, camping equipment, and entrance fees to Machu Pichu are included.
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  • 5 days
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US$516.00
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Private Tour to Humantay Lagoon from Cusco

Private Tour to Humantay Lagoon from Cusco

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Hike to the Humantay Lake during this private one-day trek from Cusco. Climb to see this scenic lagoon, known for its turquoise color. Learn about the culture and history of the Peruvian Andes during the journey from your private guide. Hear stories about the sacred place of the Humantay Lake in Incan mythology over a buffet lunch.
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  • 10 hours
  • Free Cancellation
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US$128.21
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Salkantay Trail to Machu Picchu - 5 day tour

Salkantay Trail to Machu Picchu - 5 day tour

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By most argued to be the best alternative route to the famous Inca city of Machu Picchu. This beautiful but strenuous hike brings you across one of the highest and most imposing mountains of the Peruvian Andes; the sacred mountain of Salkantay (6271 masl). According to some authors the name of this mountain is a contraction that comes from ‘Salqa’’= ‘huraño’ or ‘wild,’ and ‘Antay’ = to produce ‘celajes’ or ‘avalanches.’ The trek offers a wide variety of magical landscapes including Quechua communities, Inca ruins, jungles with a wide range of animals and medicinal plants and overwhelming snowy mountain peaks with breath-taking sights. The trek requires a reasonable level of fitness. However, age should not be a barrier for anyone! With the highest point of 4650 masl, the most important factor is to be well-acclimatized to the high altitude. With professional guides, we guarantee a life changing experience during this tour!
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  • 5 days
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US$339.98
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Salkantay Trail to Machu Picchu - 4 day tour

Salkantay Trail to Machu Picchu - 4 day tour

By most argued to be the best alternative route to the famous Inca city of Machu Picchu. This beautiful but strenuous hike brings you across one of the highest and most imposing mountains of the Peruvian Andes; the sacred mountain of Salkantay (6271 masl). According to some authors the name of this mountain is a contraction that comes from ‘Salqa’’= ‘huraño’ or ‘wild,’ and ‘Antay’ = to produce ‘celajes’ or ‘avalanches.’ The trek offers a wide variety of magical landscapes including Quechua communities, Inca ruins, jungles with a wide range of animals and medicinal plants and overwhelming snowy mountain peaks with breath-taking sights. The trek requires a reasonable level of fitness. However, age should not be a barrier for anyone! With the highest point of 4650 masl, the most important factor is to be well-acclimatized to the high altitude. With professional guides, we guarantee a life changing experience during this tour!
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  • 4 days
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Salkantay trekking

Salkantay trekking

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WHY BOOK TRIP WITH US ? Local Tour Operator based in Cusco 100% Trekking & Expeditions Specialists Small Groups & Big Adventures Guaranteed fixed departures Safety is our #1 Priority Reliable, consistent and timely customer service Sustainable and responsible hiking Fantastic meals and top of the line hiking Gear
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  • 4 days
  • Free Cancellation
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US$586.67
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Salkantay Trek to Machupicchu 5d / 4n

Salkantay Trek to Machupicchu 5d / 4n

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This hiking excursion is full of beautiful landscapes and visits to Humantay lagoon, Salkantay, Santa Teresa, Colcalmayo (hot springs), city of Machu Picchu (Aguas Calientes), archaeological site Machu Picchu (wonder of the modern world) and Huayna Picchu or mountain (optional).
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  • 5 days
  • Taking safety measures
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US$520.00
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